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How to say ‘no’ to your boss without looking lazy or incompetent


When you’re invited to a networking event that sounds kind of blah, you can generally respond with, “I’m not interested; thanks” and feel okay about it.

But try this same tactic when your boss presents you with a new assignment and you’ll be met with some serious eyebrow raising.

The thing is, even if you’re overwhelmed with other projects, or if you’re not sure you’re the best person to complete this task, you never want to say “no” flat out or right away.

Instead, you’ll want to think about how you can say “yes.”

According to Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of “The Humor Advantage,” the question should always be, “How can we” – as in, you and your boss – “say ‘yes’ together?”

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